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    #1

    You are America's future

    Hello.

    I remember somewhere I read about not using apostrophe s for inanimate things. In my view, however, the sentence written in the subject of this topic is grammatical. Isn't it?

    Should I write " you are America's future" or " you are America future" ?

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    #2

    Re: You are America's future

    Quote Originally Posted by Flogger View Post
    Should I write "you are America's future"
    Yes, use that one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Flogger View Post
    or "you are America future?"
    No, that's incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: You are America's future

    I don't think you can describe America as an "inanimate thing"!

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    #4

    Re: You are America's future

    It's fine to express an inanimate thing's metaphorical possession of something, as I've done in this sentence, with apostrophe-s.
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    #5

    Re: You are America's future

    Although I agree that there is no need to avoid using it, you could replace 'America's future' with 'the future of America' if you did want to avoid it.
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    #6

    Re: You are America's future

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I don't think you can describe America as an "inanimate thing"!
    It is a territory with a lot people in it, far more animate than a table top.

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    #7

    Re: You are America's future

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It is a territory with a lot people in it, far more animate than a table top.
    Yet a table top's right to an apostrophe-s​ is the same as America's.
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